Sunday, December 7, 2008

Yummy Ginger Cookies



I baked these yesterday for the first time. They were so easy to do and made beautiful, uniform and delicious cookies. Perfect for those cookie swaps or gifts. The house smelled so yummy too!

Yummy Soft Ginger Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of all-spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water or orange juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup white sugar reserved for rolling dough.
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water, (or juice) and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the reserved sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly. (The dough is easier to handle if it is refrigerated for a while before rolling.)
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

20 comments:

Connie said...

I can still smell these from my childhood... such lovely memories! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.

beckie said...

Those look so yummy. Just perfect with the eggnog for a treat after wrapping Christmas presents.

Blossom said...

This looks exactly the same as my favourite recipe! I love these so much, and I love the way the house smells when I bake them :)

Amy

Mother Nature's Garden said...

Ummm! Smells like Christmas. I love to bake when it is cold outside. The aroma is an added treat to coming home.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

We LOVE ginger cookies! I'll have to give your recipe a try.

Thanks,

Cameron

Sherri said...

Robin, I love ginger cookies. I printed out your recipe-you can never have too many of ginger cookie recipes! I can smell them just thinking about them!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This picture looks like the perfect christmas gift. Thank you.

Barbarapc said...

I too have a similar recipe, but without the oj - going to give it a whirl - thanks for the recipe.

Mary said...

I love Ginger Cookies! I haven't tasted one in many years. Thanks for the recipe, Robin!

Thanks For 2 Day said...

I will copy your recipe, Robin. These are some cookies I've never made before...I stick with the tried and true:) The photo looks nice with the eggnog, too. Jan

perennialgardener said...

Yum, one of my favorites at this time of the year! I bet the house really smelt homey with these baking. Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

Frances said...

Hi Robin, thanks so much for that recipe, ginger cookies are my favorites, love the tang and simplicity of them. Who knew the garden bloggers would be providing recipes for something besides potting mix? HA
Frances

Brenda Colleen Leyland said...

These look absolutely wonderful! I've been thinking about what I want to bake this Christmas. So far, it's Figgy Pudding and Sugar Plums. I may have to add this recipe too!

Robin, thanks for stopping by my place and leaving such a lovely comment. You blessed me too!

our friend Ben said...

Robin, those look just perfect! Almost too pretty to eat (when you could just smell them!). Good for you!

notsocrafty.com said...

I've been looking for a good ginger cookie recipe!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Oh! Those look divine!!!!!! I was just graving ginger cookies last night.

Cindy

Kylee said...

I am definitely going to make these, Robin. Thanks for posting the recipe!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Great recipe - thanks!

Stacy said...

Sounds delicious - thanks for the recipe. I love trying new cookie recipes! Now if only I had time to try them all!

Diary of a Photographer said...

Mmmm, I'm glad I saw this recipe, even though Christmas is over. We have several roots of fresh ginger root in the freezer (a tip by Zonya - www.zonya.com.) I have a fever and cold right now and just read that it knocks out a fever and is a natural decongestant, so I'm heading to the freezer right now.

I enjoyed your backyard birding photographs and am impressed with your home-made suet.